“I am excited to announce Erin Syversen as the next head coach of our women’s volleyball program,” commented Bartelt. “Erin brings with her a tremendous track record of success both playing and coaching. We look forward to her continuing to build our program to a championship-caliber level.”
Syversen comes to Marian after spending the 2019 season as an assistant coach at Adrian. Competing in the highly-competitive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Adrian went 6-14 with a 2-6 mark in conference action. Syversen joins Marian with NACC experience as well after serving as a graduate assistant at Wisconsin Lutheran in the 2018 season. As a Warrior, Syversen helped lead WLC to an 18-13 record marking the program’s winningest season since the 2011 season. This earned Wisconsin Lutheran a trip to the NACC tournament where the Warriors were swept by Dominican in straight sets.
Her experience expands out to club volleyball as well spending time as the Adversity Volleyball Club head coach since 2018 and serving as a coach for the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club from 2014-2016.
“I am excited to continue to build the volleyball program at Marian University and to empower these young women to succeed on and off the court,” commented Syversen. “I look forward to moving up the ladder in the NACC.”
As a student-athlete, Syversen was a stand out at Millikin University and served as a team captain her senior season. Syversen was a three-time first-team all-conference honoree for the Big Blue and was voted an All-American three times, including a first-team selection as a senior. During her career at Millikin, the Big Blue went a combined 110-43 with three trips to the NCAA tournament, three regular-season CCIW championships, and one CCIW tournament championship. Syversen finished in the top-five of the nation for kills in three seasons.
Millikin went 3-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament in her career with a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2016 after defeating Ohio Northern and Wittenberg in five sets. The Big Blue would fall to Calvin who eventually went on to win the NCAA championship. Then as a senior, Millikin defeated Greenville in straight sets to open the NCAA tournament before once again falling to Calvin who went on to reach the Final Four.
Syversen is a native of Waukesha, Wis. and earned her bachelor’s degree in sports management while attending Millikin University. Syversen is currently pursuing a master’s degree in coaching through Concordia University Irvine.